Blues Traveler - Wakarusa Music Festival

2010 Artist Lineup

Blues Traveler

It’s not every band that’s still staking out new musical territory and embracing fresh challenges more than 20 years into their career, but that’s the case with Blues Traveler. Having long ago graduated from the jam-band underground to mainstream stardom, the iconoclastic combo has consistently stuck to its guns and played by its own rules. Blues Traveler have consistently managed to avoid stagnation and continue moving forward. “It’s unavoidable that if you’re around long enough, you’re gonna fall into ruts,” Popper reflects, adding, “We’ve been in several over the years, but you fight through that and you overcome it. We were little kids when we started, and we approached this like little kids, and I think we’ve held onto that. We’ve made mistakes, but we’ve never allowed ourselves to do anything that we’d be embarrassed about now.” “I think you have to be constantly reinventing things and discovering new aspects of what you do in order to keep things fresh,” Kinchla adds. “This lineup, with Tad and Ben, has been together for eight years, playing over 100 shows a year for eight years. We’ve spent a lot of time sorting out everyone’s role and learning how to listen to each other and get out of each other’s way. It’s funny, but right now the band is feeling a lot like it did in the early days, when we were just playing for the sake of playing and we were hitting on all cylinders and the communication was fresh and alive. The shows have been really kicking, and the new songs have been going over great.” “You have to be smart enough to know that you don’t know what you’re doing, and so you give it your best shot by trusting your instincts,”” Popper concludes. “The great thing about knowing that you don’t know what you’re doing is that there’s more to learn. And I think that as long as we have more to learn as a band, we’ll be all right. What makes it work is honesty. As long as you mean it, you’ve got the potential to come up with something really good.”

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